I’ve not written a Dear Oscar update in a long time. In fact, the last one I actually finished and published was his 13 month update and as you can see, that was a long time ago. Admittedly I am annoyed that I didn’t keep up with them, but then I did neglect my blog for ages too. Woopsie.
Oscar is now 18 months old. This fact in itself blows me away multiple times a day because I simply can’t accept or understand how time is flying by so quickly. My baby is turning into a proper toddler and it makes me so sad (but equally very proud at the same time). Enough of the mum emotions, on to the update…
Weight: For anyone that has read any of these updates before, you’ll know I’ve been terrible at taking him to the clinic and actually haven’t had him weighed there since he was 10 months old. Uh oh, bad mum alert. I do weigh him at home now on our scales so I know where he is at. Currently he’s weighing in at 23lbs.
Height: I did actually measure Oscar’s height for the first time in months and months the other day, but I can’t remember the exact number. It was either 81, 82 or 83cm but that’s pretty much the same thing, right?!
Things Oscar Can Do
- T A L K. We have got a chatterbox child! Ok, most of the time we have no idea what he is actually saying because there’s a lot of baby chatter going on, but he seems to have full on conversations with his toys. His vocabulary is expanding so quickly, it’s bloody amazing. The words/phrases he can currently say are: cat, dog, woof woof, car, bus, popcorn, gone, all gone, mama, dada, granddad, garden, wow, oh, no, shoes, cot, door, what’s that. I think that’s all but I may have missed a couple!
- Point to his eyes, mouth, nose and hair. We’re working on ears, but he hasn’t grasped that one yet. He can also point out all of the above on his mini Iggle Piggle.
- Put Duplo together…..when it suits him, of course! The rest of the time it’s “MAMA MAMA” or “DADA DADA” when he wants us to fix it for him.
- Climb. A lot. Yep, we definitely have a daredevil on our hands. Oscar is not afraid of anything and will climb all over the place at the park whilst I spend the whole time panicking. MUM LIFE!!
- Follow instructions e.g. “Oscar, please can you put your car in the toy box…” and answer questions “Oscar, would you like some milk?” *nods* or he says “mmmmm” and nods at the same time which is adorable and hilarious.
Oscar’s Favourite Things
- In The Night Garden. He is obsessed with HANDS DOWN the weirdest, most bizarre programme there is on Cbeebies. Jake and I can never work out what is actually going on or who is what etc. but then we are old. Somehow, and I have no idea how unless he has his very own baby watch, he knows when it’s almost time for it to start and he’ll point and shout “GARDEN” at the telly.
- Duplo. I’ve not seen him play with anything else but Duplo for a long while (except the Happyland bus he has). This all started on our recent holiday (blog post to come) when my parents bought him a little Duplo bus. He’s obsessed with it. Mummy and daddy aren’t so keen because it’s not a very reliable bus and always falls apart!
- As mentioned a few times, buses! We went on numerous bus rides on our holiday and ever since he has been obsessed. I’ll be driving along and all of a sudden I hear him scream “BUUUUUUUS” and he’ll point them out on TV too.
- Running like a Twirlywoo. Yep, my child is basically one of them. It’s adorable – he runs as fast as he can with his arms straight out behind his back! When he first did it I was a bit confused then Jake said “isn’t that how the Twirlywoo’s run?” yep and yep. The things they pick up, eh?
- His high chair. We’ve fully retired it now because he just screams if we make him go anywhere near it. We are now onto the big boys table and chair.
- The hoover is still his least favourite thing ever. STILL? To be fair to him, I was scared of the hoover until I was about 11 so I’ll let that one slide. Ahem. Ok, but in my defence my brother did once tell me it’d suck me up so I spent all my time bundled up on the sofa. Brothers are mean!
- When In The Night Garden finishes. This really speaks for itself!
Note that bedtime isn’t on the list?! What a breakthrough. Oscar now actually asks to go to bed (not in so many words, rather, he takes one of our hands and leads us into the bedroom) So adorable.
In the last few months the change in Oscar has been huge – he has gone from a tiny, baby-faced little bubba to a grown up little brainbox toddler (I feel like I’m writing a school report a little bit at the moment!) I know I am biased because I am his mummy, but he really amazes us all and I genuinely can’t believe how clever he is. We quite often just say “How do you know that? You’re 18 months old, not 5!” but then he is our first baby so we’re not always entirely sure what to expect.
He is our little treasure!